map markerUnder 5's Family Funday This Thursday!

Northampton Leisure Trust is hosting a family funday for under 5’s on Thursday 14 May 10am-12pm at Lings Forum Leisure Centre. The day is completely free and children and parents of Northampton are invited to try out our under 5’s activities for free. Alongside our mascot Roary the Lion, Boogie Cubz, Soccer Cubz, Rugby Cubz, Gym Mini Cubz and Softzone will all be available on the day.


We all know how important physical activity is for children, and these sessions are perfect to get young children active. So why not introduce your young children to a new sport with sessions that are designed specifically for children aged 0-5 years, in a fun, friendly and pressure free environment. No booking is required, so grab your friends and see what we have to offer.

For more information call 01604 837774 or click here.


map markerNorthampton Leisure Trust To Manage Cripps Recreation Centre



Northampton Leisure Trust (NLT) and Northampton General Hospital have today announced a new partnership to deliver health and leisure services at the hospital’s on-site recreation centre.

NLT will take over the management of Cripps Recreation Centre located within the grounds of Northampton General Hospital from 1 April 2015. The contract will see NLT operate and manage Cripps alongside its four other leisure facilities across Northampton under the Trilogy brand.

NLT will introduce a business model that will support the financial stability of Cripps ensuring that it remains open for members, offering NGH employees, current members and the wider community of Northampton affordable quality leisure services.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director, Northampton Leisure Trust comments “Inspiring Active Lifestyles is what we do. As a Trilogy facility Cripps will deliver great customer service, clean and fresh facilities with modern new equipment and a comprehensive programme of new activities at an affordable price. In addition the Cripps contract fits with our objective of developing and expanding NLT and its activities.”

Charles Abolins, NGH Director of Facilities and Capital Development, said: “We recognise our responsibility to encourage and promote the health and wellbeing agenda not just in the context of our patients – and indeed helping to prevent people becoming patients in the first place - but also as one of Northampton’s largest employers.

“We simply have not been in a position to invest in the centre to the extent that we would have liked but by bringing in NLT’s expertise, we can secure its future and ensure that our staff have access to enhanced facilities and services.”

NLT will be carrying out some improvement works to provide a more modern, customer friendly gym featuring the latest equipment and a programme of classes including swimming lessons. Further details including virtual plans can be found here.


map markerInspiring Kids To Get Active This Easter Holiday



There will be a chance to sample lots of exciting Easter holiday activities as Lings Forum Leisure Centre opens its doors to showcase what will be on offer to children this Easter. With over 20 different activities under one roof, children will be able to join in with an afternoon of activities on Saturday 21 March.

Every week, across four leisure centres, Northampton Leisure Trust offers a huge range of fun sports and healthy activities for young people to get involved in. With even more organised for the Easter holidays the Leisure Trust is giving young people a chance to sample everything that will be going on with a special open day.

The afternoon is open to all children under 14, there will be opportunities to try basketball, cheerleading, karate, football, arts & crafts as well as enjoy some tricks from Magic Dave!

The session is free to Trilogy Junior Active members, and just £3 to anyone else. There is no need to book, just come along on Saturday between 1pm and 5pm.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director of Northampton Leisure Trust said: “We offer a huge range of fun sports and healthy activities for young people to get involved in across our four leisure centres and community venues across Northampton.  The Family Funday is a great way to find out more about the huge number of activities we are organising for the school holidays.”

To find out more about the session or see the full list of what is going on this Easter holiday and activities organised by Northampton Leisure Trust click here.



map markerNorthampton Leisure Trust's Sport, Play & Health Development Team wins top award from leading quality scheme


Quest201415Northampton Leisure Trust’s (NLT) Sport, Play & Health Development team has received a prestigious award from Sport England’s leading national quality scheme, QUEST.

The team was named Second Highest Scoring Sports Development Team 2014 at this year’s QUEST Awards, presented at the QUEST & NBS Conference in Loughborough on 26 February.




QUEST is the best-known improvement programme within the leisure industry and its rigorous assessments challenge even the very best sports development teams in the UK.

To win the award, NLT performed better overall than all but one of the other sports development teams that received QUEST Plus accreditation last year. In order to achieve QUEST Plus, NLT went through a two-year process, with a two-day assessment in year one and a one-day review in year two.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director at Northampton Leisure Trust said: “We are very proud to receive this award. QUEST is a very demanding process so to be recognised as a top-scoring sports development team is a fantastic achievement, and really reflects the hard work of our whole team to continually improve the service we offer.”

Quest’s operations director, Caroline Constantine, said: ”Congratulations to NLT’s Sport, Play & Health Development team. Being recognised as one of the highest-scoring sports development teams to go through QUEST is an extremely impressive achievement, which amply demonstrates the team’s commitment to providing quality service to its customers.”


map markerFunzone School Holiday Playscheme Expands for 2015


Northampton Leisure Trust is expanding its school holiday playscheme Funzone starting this February half term with an additional age group at Duston Sports Centre.

Funzone takes place at 3 of it’s for 4 Leisure Centres, Lings Forum, Danes Camp and Duston Sports Centre every school holiday. Each scheme is Ofsted registered and offers children aged 5-13 a wide range of activities from sports and games to arts and crafts.

The playscheme has been running for more than 20 years and at Duston Sports Centre since 2012 for children aged 5-8 years.  Chris Serbyn, Play and Health Development Officer at Northampton Leisure Trust commented, “Funzone continues to be a great success therefore it was a natural step for us to extend the group at Duston Sports Centre to incorporate 9-13 year olds. We are committed to offering really quality and affordable childcare, as well as a programme of activities that simulates children both creatively and physically”.

Andy Walton, a parent was thrilled with the news, ‘Its great news that an additional group has been set up for older children. My son is very settled at Funzone and is really happy that he can continue to attend. The facilities are great and they offer a really good varied programme of activities.’

For more information about Funzone click here. To book a place call 01604 838333.


map markerNorthampton Invited To Get On Their Bikes This Weekend



Northampton Leisure Trust is celebrating the launch of its new indoor cycling programme by offering two days of FREE taster sessions at Trilogy Health & Fitness Lings Forum this Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February. The sessions will give fitness fanatics of Northampton an opportunity to try the new IC7 bikes and experience exciting new classes such as Coach by Colour, King of the Mountains and Hulk.



Hailed as the world’s most precise power bike, the IC7 bike uses colour zone technology unique to each customer’s fitness level for maximum training efficiency. Following the launch weekend taster sessions, a host of new classes will be added to the MyRide timetable at Lings Forum Leisure Centre.

Stella Barker, Health & Fitness Development Officer at Northampton Leisure Trust, commented “We are really excited to be able to bring the latest in indoor cycling training and equipment to Trilogy Health & Fitness at Lings Forum. We offer both instructor led and virtual classes focusing on a variety of fitness goals. During our taster weekend we will also be welcoming guest instructors from Team ICG and invite people to come along and give these fantastic new classes a try.”

All taster sessions are free and are 30 minutes long. Sessions will be running between 5.30pm – 8pm on Friday 27 and 9am – 12.45pm on Saturday 28 February. The full taster session timetable can be found here. Spaces are limited therefore booking is essential. Call Lings Forum on 01604 837300 to secure your space.


Photographic Opportunity

Media are invited to try out one of the MyRide taster sessions. If interested, please contact Claire Wellington to arrange on 01604 838676.

map markerGet The Kids Active This February Half Term



There will be a huge variety of activities taking place across Northampton Leisure Trust’s four leisure centres and out in the community this half term, keeping the kids entertained whatever the weather.







Everything from cheerleading and trampolining to Magic Dave at Lings Forum, kids boot camp and street dance at Mounts Baths, badminton and roller skating at Danes Camp and outdoor rugby and football at Duston Sports Centre is on offer. There are also plenty of family fun pool sessions at Danes Camp, Mounts Baths and Lings Forum running alongside swim crash courses. All activities are free to Junior Active members.

For those that require holiday childcare Funzone will be operating for 5-13 year olds across Danes Camp, Duston Sports Centre and Lings Forum.

Northampton Leisure Trust will also be working in the community this half term with Street Football Festivals taking place at Malcolm Arnold Academy School, Tuesday to Thursday, 12pm to 3.30pm. Street Sports sessions will also be taking place at Rectory Farm playing fields, Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm. In addition Play Rangers will be at the Racecourse 1-3pm Monday to Friday offering sports, arts & crafts, den building and much more. These activities are free and there is no need to book, age ranges for each session can be found at

Lawrence Kay, Head of Sport, Play & Health Development at Northampton Leisure Trust said: “We pride ourselves in the variety of activities we offer for young people in Northampton. Getting involved in sport at a young age sets the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle, gaining new skills and confidence and most importantly learning to enjoy being active with friends.”

To see the full list of what is going on this February half term holiday and activities organised by Northampton Leisure Trust click here.



map markerGet Your New Year Off to the Best Possible Start and Be a Healthy Hero!

Northampton Leisure Trust is encouraging families to start 2015 in the healthiest possible way by introducing Healthy Heroes, a FREE healthy living programme for children aged 7-13. Available at Bellinge Community Centre in Northampton, the aim is to help children who are above a healthy weight get fitter, healthier and happier.

The programme helps families change their eating and exercise habits to improve their child’s physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem. Families take part in fun and informative 2 hour sessions and activities, once a week for 7 weeks.

Lawrence Kay, Sport and Play Development Manager, at Northampton Leisure Trust highlights the importance of the programme, “Inspiring active lifestyles is a key message in the work we do within the community. Healthy Heroes is a really fun and engaging programme that adopts a whole family approach and can have a really positive impact on children’s lives.”

The course will run on Thursday’s between 6pm-8pm and begins on 8 January 2015 with the last session taking place on the 26 February 2015. Funded by Community First and delivered by Northampton Leisure Trust, places on the Healthy Heroes course are FREE on a first come, first served basis. Families interested in participating should contact Chris Serbyn on 01604 838049 or Michelle Aveyard at Bellinge Community House on 01604 411473.

More information can be found here.